Over 900 emergency shelters have been listed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, in preparation for the expected severe weather this weekend.

According to the Meteorological Service, Tropical Depression Nine continues to slowly strengthen as it moves across the central Caribbean, and gets closer to Jamaica.

The ODPEM says approximately 924 emergency shelters have been designated in all 14 parishes across the island. The shelters include schools, churches and community centres.

Kingston and St. Andrew has the most shelters listed with 106 followed by Clarendon with 102. St. Elizabeth follows with 89 shelters while St. Ann has 88. Seventy-three shelters are available in Manchester while Trelawny has 64.

St. James and St. Catherine have 62 shelters each, while Portmore has 18 available locations. ODPEM says St. Mary and Hanover each has 54 shelters available.

Portland and St. Thomas completed the list of shelters with 48 and 44 locations respectively.